Our commitment: Improve the environmental performance of our packaging
Our packaging is crucial to prevent food waste, guarantee our high-quality standards and inform our consumers. Packaging is an area where visible changes can be made – where used packaging is recovered and put to new use. A large part of our focus is on improving packaging waste management and prevention of marine littering. We use life-cycle assessments to ensure that the environmental performance of our packaging is improved.
We use the minimum adequate quantity of packaging. Through our efficient ecodesign process we have almost reached our packaging optimisation objective: in 2016, we avoided the use of 22 525 tonnes of packaging, which equates to a saving of CHF 43.3 million . This equates to 430 893 tonnes of CO2eq, or the equivalent of taking 93 267 cars off the road per year. We have adjusted and expanded our objective on packaging from 2017 to 2020.
We continue to optimise our packaging in line with our Policy on Environmental Sustainability (pdf, 320Kb), not only by material reduction but also by using innovative materials or packaging solutions, to improve packaging performance and eventual transportation impacts. At present, 34.9% of the packaging materials we use are made from renewable materials. Waste materials can only be recovered when an appropriate waste management infrastructure exists. We aim to focus on establishing this infrastructure, driving initiatives that improve packaging waste management on land to ultimately help prevent marine littering.
We also seek to support initiatives that recover and recycle plastics and laminates, particularly to prevent them from contaminating natural habitats, such as oceans. We engage with consumers via packaging on recycling plastics and other materials.
Our objectives towards 2020:
By 2017: Continue to systematically analyse and optimise our packaging portfolio, avoiding the use of at least 100 000 tonnes of packaging material from 2015 to 2017.
By 2020: Continue to systematically analyse and optimise our packaging portfolio, avoiding the use of at least 140 000 tonnes of packaging material from 2015 to 2020.
By 2020: Drive alliances with relevant stakeholders to address packaging waste management and marine littering in 10 relevant markets.